Intersectional inequalities have disproportionately affected women and girls lives, like, forever!
With public/community services closing, up and down the country, nothing good or positive seems to be happening. protests from members of the public, including myself, feel like our concerns have fallen on deaf ears?
Leisure / community centres in West Lothian where I live, closed despite local campaigning. We were told money was allocated but the local council and the Scottish government blamed each other for the money disappearing?
Now, West Lothian public transport hangs in the balance! People’s livelihoods hang in the balance, and people are being plunged into increased poverty; women and girls being, again, disproportionately affected.
Where is this going to end? There’s nowhere to go now, and even if you wanted to go somewhere how do you get there when public transports being cut, you can’t afford a car or taxis, or childcare, and there’s no police presence about or that you can trust! Your personal safety is continually at stake. Women and girls’ safety must be prioritised! But it’s not!
What would you say to women and girls to give them some hope for the future and to let them know that they matter? Because there are women out there who have and are giving up! They say it’s pointless voting for any party because things will never change for them as ‘it’s still a man’s world’ were women aren’t valued or respected and the gap between rich and poor is growing at a horrific and scandalous rate.
We live in increasingly unstable and dangerous times. I speak to women all the time and working on the Panel has piqued my interest in getting the views of girls and young women about issues affecting them.
In a nutshell - and again, no surprise but still alarming - they don’t feel they matter, and they don’t feel safe! Online harassment/threats of physical/sexual violence, on a day to day basis by boys/men 24/7. They can’t get away from it.
Toxic masculinity is pandemic!! Worse than a deadly virus. As well as help and support for women, it is important than men and boys have role models and accessible information about gender equality and how they can contribute positively. Obviously toxic masculinity takes its toll on women and girls' mental/emotional/physical/spiritual health but it affects men and boys, too.
If women had equal representation in governments globally, do you think the world would be a more equal, peaceful place? Do you agree that ‘the system’ has to be got rid off? That there has to be a seismic shift of power and money? If so, how can we unite here, there and everywhere, across our country and indeed the world, to achieve this? DOWN WITH PATRIARCHY!!
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